Ziziphus mauritiana L. (Indian jujube): a potential fruit tree for livelihoods in arid regions

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Ziziphus mauritiana L. (Indian jujube): a potential fruit tree for livelihoods in arid regions

The Indian jujube (Ziziphus mauritiana L.), a member of the family Rhamnaceae, is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The tree can withstand highly alkaline and slightly waterlogged soils and has potential to prevent soil erosion and desertification. However, the cultivation of Indian jujube may also provide opportunities for smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods. Fruits may be dehydrated and processed into different products like pickles, murabba, candy, and chutney. Furthermore, various studies have reported that different parts of the plant such as fruit, seeds, leaves, roots and flowers, contain bioactive constituents that have antioxidant activity and may have anticancer, antimicrobial, and antidiabetic properties. As the crop requires very little attention, it can help mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce the risk of severe soil and climatic conditions like drought resistance, strong winds, erosion, high salinity, and flooding. To highlight the potential pharmacological properties of Indian jujube, its industrial uses and its potential role in livelihood development and climate resilience, Utpal Das undertook a systematic review of the literature.

Utpal Das won the ISHS Young Minds Award for the best poster presentation at the VI International Jujube Symposium in Romania in September 2023.

Utpal Das, Department of Horticulture and Food Science, VAIAL, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India, e-mail: utpal.das@vit.ac.in

The article is available in Chronica Horticulturae

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